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Community Corrections Partnership schedules next meet

FAIRFIELD — The next meeting of the Community Corrections Partnership meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the County Events Center, Conference Room A, 601 Texas St. in Fairfield. The agenda includes an informational update to the committee on offenders released on post-release community supervision, offenders committed to county jail as a result of […]

Group seeks food donations from MLK Day march participants

FAIRFIELD — Members of the Kappa Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. are asking participants of the NAACP march commemorating the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday to bring donations of canned and nonperishable food at 8:30 a.m. Monday to the staging area at Tennessee and Tuolumne streets in Vallejo. “This effort is […]

Still time to submit Woman of the Year nominations

FAIRFIELD — There’s still time to nominate qualified public-sector workers for Solano County Woman of the Year. This year’s focus is on women who work in government – the teachers, firefighters, police officers and social workers who spend their careers helping people and with little fanfare, according to a library press release. Nomination forms can […]

Birds make big splash at Vacaville library

VACAVILLE — Folks of all ages were drawn to the California Raptor Center presentation this week at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center for a two-hour presentation on birds of prey.

The birds for their part included a golden eagle, owl and red-tailed hawk.

Officials from the California Raptor Center try each year to include a variety of birds of prey in these programs. This year for the first time they brought a male golden eagle, which impressed the crowd Tuesday with its wide wingspan.

Master gardener class to teach how to prune roses

VACAVILLE — Members of Solano County’s Master Gardeners program will host a workshop Thursday on pruning roses led by Sterling Smith at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center. Adults of all skill levels in gardening are invited to attend to learn more about the basics of pruning, as well as other tips and tricks to keep roses looking […]

Vacaville library ‘friends’ group schedules book sale

VACAVILLE — Friends of the Vacaville Library will conduct a book sale at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center during the library’s open hours Thursday through Jan. 25. The book sale will only be open Thursday to the group’s members. Anyone can become a member at the door. The sale is open to everyone starting Jan. 22 through Jan. 25. […]

Jury set to deliberate fate of Vacaville woman accused of having sex with young son

FAIRFIELD — Closing arguments were presented Thursday in the jury trial for a Vacaville mother who faces felony sexual assault charges for allegedly having sex repeatedly with her 10-year-old son. Michelle V. Souza, 41, testified earlier in the week that she had engaged in repeated sex acts with her adopted son in 2014, but did so […]

Convict suspected of killing cellmate at Vacaville prison returns to court

FAIRFIELD — A prisoner who faces a murder charge for the death of his cellmate at California State Prison, Solano was in court briefly Thursday morning. Jesus Perez, 46, was flanked by a trio of prison guards, a Spanish language interpreter and his court appointed attorney, Barry Newman, who agreed to wait until at least March […]

Vacaville store among a dozen in state to sell near-jackpot Powerball tickets

VACAVILLE — The TV spy show from the 1960s had it right: Missed it by that much.

According to a press release issued by the California State Lottery, one jackpot-winning Powerball ticket was sold in Chino Hills and a dozen other 5-out-of-6 winning tickets from Wednesday’s multiple-state drawing were sold in different locations throughout California, including one at a 7-Eleven franchise located at the corner of Elmira Road and Nut Tree Road in Vacaville.

Vacaville church schedules farewell celebration for pastor

VACAVILLE — The First Baptist Church of  Vacaville will host a retirement party for the Rev. Leroy Gainey on Feb. 6. A celebration of his 25 years of service to the church will start at 3 p.m. at The Sunrise Event Center at 600 Orange Drive in Vacaville, with a banquet at 5 p.m. Tickets for the banquet […]

Week in preview: Jan. 15-21, 2016

Fairfield 7 p.m. Friday Party in the Tap Room: Charlie Wade Blues Band Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 3101 Busch Drive. Fairfield. 429-7595. 7:30 p.m. Friday Rumble Mother, Swing Away, Surviving the Era Gordon’s Music and Sound, 810 Texas St. 422-0313. 6:30 p.m. Saturday Janice Maxie Reid Sticky Rice Chinese Bistro & Bar, 5030 Business Center Drive, Suite […]

Will C. Wood orchestra to play at Town Square library

VACAVILLE — The Will C. Wood orchestra will perform a free concert at 4 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Vacaville Public Library-Town Square, 1 Town Square Place. Space is limited. Early arrival is advised. The event is part of the library’s ongoing Afternoon Adventures series of events on the third Thursday of each month. Activities […]

Fairfield differs with Solano transit agency in choice of power plant for new buses

SUISUN CITY — The Solano Transportation Authority board on a split vote Wednesday approved moving ahead with the SolanoExpress Intercity Bus Replacement Capital Plan. At issue was what fuel the new buses should use, compressed natural gas or diesel. The board voted 7-1 – with opposition by Fairfield Mayor Harry Price, a Solano Transportation Authority board […]

California Lottery: Winning Powerball ticket sold in LA area

5-of-6 ticket sold in Vacaville VACAVILLE — A winning ticket in Wednesday night’s record $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot was sold in suburban Los Angeles, a spokesman for the California lottery says. One of 12 tickets sold throughout the state with five of six numbers correct was sold in Vacaville, the California Lottery reports. It could take several […]

Hearing set for former Solano CHP officer in child porn prosecution

FAIRFIELD — A former California Highway Patrol sergeant had a probable cause hearing in his pending criminal case scheduled Wednesday after repeated delays spanning 15 months. Eric C. Lund has pleaded not guilty to a child pornography possession charge. Lund, 50, was arrested at the Fairfield CHP office in October 2014 after an investigation by […]

Parents whose house caught fire enter pleas in child endangerment case

FAIRFIELD — Parents who hosted a slumber party for several boys at their home last year were arraigned Wednesday on felony child endangerment charges. Daryl M. Gunderson and Kathryn M. Breen pleaded not guilty and were ordered to return to court March 3 for scheduling a jury trial. A 12-year-old boy at the March 2015 […]

Solano County pushes for formal involvement in state’s EcoRestore projects

FAIRFIELD — Solano County officials made it clear this week that they want to be formally involved in projects involving the county that are part of the California EcoRestore Program. Members of the Board of Supervisors were receiving a status report Tuesday on the program from David Okita, who after retiring last year as general manager […]

Solano County pursues Delta Conservancy grant, collaborative approach

FAIRFIELD — Solano County Board of Supervisors members want to pursue a $300,000 planning grant from the Delta Conservancy and take a collaborative approach in working with the conservancy. The move came as supervisors received an update Tuesday on the county’s Delta water program and related activities. The grant would be used to develop a land […]

Vacaville council OKs ban on medi-pot cultivation, dispensaries, deliveries

VACAVILLE — Banning all medical marijuana cultivation, dispensaries and deliveries of the drug won unanimous approval Tuesday by Vacaville City Council members who said they want to keep local control – as one councilman said he doesn’t want the state telling the city a pot dispensary will be at the Nut Tree shopping center. Councilman […]

Solano takes step toward regional parks system

FAIRFIELD — Plans are moving ahead toward establishing a regional parks and open space system for Solano County.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to follow recommendations of consultants and county staff on the matter.

The board directed staff to move forward with the formation of a dependent regional parks system . . .

CHP: 3 hurt in 3-car I-80 crash

LAGOON VALLEY — Three people were injured Tuesday morning in a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 80 near Pena Adobe Road after a pickup truck struck one of the cars from behind, according to the California Highway Patrol. Both a Nissan Altima and a Mitsubishi sedan were stopped due to heavy morning commute traffic on westbound I-80 […]

Author to discuss writing at Town Square Library

VACAVILLE — Author Margaret Lucke will visit the Vacaville Public Library-Town Square location Thursday to discuss her work. Lucke teaches writing and penned “Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories.” At 3 p.m., Lucke will discuss information from that book in a workshop that will include writing activities. It should last about 90 minutes. She returns […]

Jurors hear tape of mom telling son not to reveal alleged sex

FAIRFIELD — Michelle V. Souza, the Vacaville mother accused of having sex with her adopted son, told him during a pretext phone call recorded by law enforcement to “say it was all a joke” when the then-11-year-old boy called about the discovery of text messages referring to the sex. “You cannot tell anybody,” Souza says. […]

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Police: Masked bandit robs Vacaville store at gunpoint

VACAVILLE — A man dressed in a green jumpsuit and a green mask robbed three Dollar Tree employees at gunpoint Monday night. The gunman, described as a black man wearing a black-haired wig, robbed the Peabody Road business at closing time and herded the employees into a back room before fleeing the store. Less than […]

Zip gun possession, cannabis manufacturing charges for Vacaville man

FAIRFIELD — Christopher Barton of Vacaville was held to answer Monday on charges of domestic violence, possessing a zip gun and manufacturing concentrated cannabis after police testimony about finding a hollowed-out flashlight made into a weapon. Vacaville police officers said during the preliminary hearing in Solano County Superior Court that they found the zip gun […]

Benghazi on the ground movie opens Friday

FAIRFIELD — Action is the buzzword for this week’s new movies. Three of the four films opening nationwide have plots centered on motion. John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber and David Giuntoli of “Grimm” head up the cast in “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” The film tells the story of the Sept. […]

Solano agency to discuss plan for replacing buses

SUISUN CITY — Details are being worked out between the Solano Transportation Authority and local transportation agencies with regard to a plan to replace buses in their respective fleets.

The $26.75 million program is outlined in a SolanoExpress Intercity Bus Replacement Capital Plan that will be discussed as part of the Solano Transportation Authority board meeting …

Tea party group to discuss constitutional convention

VACAVILLE — Clayton Smith, the California director of the Convention States Project, will speak Jan. 20 at the Vaca Valley Tea Party meeting about a convention to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government and terms limits for Congress. After such a convention, proposed constitutional amendments would be sent to state legislatures to be ratified. […]

Supervisors to get update on water-related issues

FAIRFIELD — The Board of Supervisors will receive updates on several major water issues facing Solano County when they meet for an afternoon session at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the County Government Center at 675 Texas St. The three presentations will include a status report on the California EcoRestore Program, an update on the county’s […]

Library offers new crafting classes for grownups

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center will offer a monthly crafting program for adults. The first program of the year is button bracelets. Participants will have a wide variety of buttons and other materials to create their own bracelets. All materials will be supplied. The program begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 1020 Ulatis Drive. This program […]

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